• Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924

This one-in-15 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport went for over $250,000 and we’re not surprised

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The Porsche 924 was manufactured between 1976 and 1988. Although it was launched as a successor to the 914 and was supposed to sit at the bottom of the company’s model hierarchy, it came with a lot of significant bits and marked a lot of firsts for the company. It was the first street-legal Porsche to feature a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. Not to mention, also the first car from the company to come with an automatic gearbox.

There were many iterations and models of the 924, one of them being Carrera GTS. The automaker built 59 examples of it and 15 of them were the quicker ‘Clubsport’ models. One of these 15 was on Bring-a-Trailer’s auction recently and it was sold for over a quarter-million dollars! That’s way more expensive than any new 911 that you can buy today.

Is It Worth $261,000?

Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924 Exterior
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Of course, it is! This 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport is finished in a red shade called Guards Red and looks exotic. The car comes with aluminum doors, a lightweight windshield, and wide polyurethane body panels and hood scoop. There are certain GTS-specific options here, like the fixed headlights behind Perspex covers and hood pins.

The Clubsport rides on 16-inch Fuchs wheels shod in 225/50 section Pirelli tires. It even sits low, courtesy of Bilstein coilovers and cast light-alloy rear trailing arms. The stopping duties come from multi-piston calipers and cross-drilled rotors from the Porsche 930.

Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924 Interior
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On the inside, the car comes with an air conditioner, a stereo, and a sunroof. The seats are reminiscent of the ones seen in the 935 and are upholstered in black. Since this is a sportier version of the standard 924 models, it comes without a center console and rear seats. There is also a Matter-fabricated roll cage, Autoflug racing harnesses, and door pull bars. The analog gauges in the instrument cluster behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel look sweet.

Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924 Drivetrain
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Under the good is a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that dishes out roughly 280 ponies and 247 pound-feet of twist. It features an intercooler much larger than the standard Carrera GTS. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.

Engine 2.1-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged
Horsepower 280 HP
Torque 247 LB-FT
Transmission five-speed manual


Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924 Exterior
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The car had just 500 miles on the odo. It received the highest bid of $261,000. In comparison, the 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 starts at $161,000. Heck, even the costliest 911 on sale right now is the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet and it starts at $219,800!

If you had $260,000 at your disposal and you could pick just ‘one’ Porsche, would it be this 1981 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport, or something from the current portfolio? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Source: Bring A Trailer

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